Thursday, 20 January 2022

Delhi Bans New Year and Christmas Gatherings As Cases Rise

Delhi Bans New Year and Christmas Gatherings As Cases Rise

As Omicron cases steadily rose in the national capital, the Delhi government banned all gatherings from celebrating Christmas and New Year. According to the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) order, all cultural events and other prohibited meetings.

District officials and the Delhi police have been directed to tighten the enforcement machinery to ensure that people follow social-distancing norms and wear masks. District officials have been asked to submit reports daily.

Market trade associations have also been guided to stop entry to customers without masks.

The DDMA ordered the district magistrates (DMs) to identify potential Covid superspreader areas ahead of the two celebrations.

The DDMA said in the order.

"All district magistrates shall conduct an intensive survey of the entire area falling under their jurisdiction and identify those pockets, colonies markets and crowded places which have the potential of becoming superspreaders of Coronavirus and its Omicron variant," 

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Read More: BMC Announced new covid Guidelines amid Omicron cases

Delhi has recorded 57 new Omicron cases, the highest among India's states and union territories. A total of 213 points of the highly contagious strain of Covid have been detected in India.

Amid signs of a rise in infections from the new variant, the Centre, in an advisory, has asked states to activate "war rooms" and bring back restrictions, including night curfews to contain it. It also listed a series of prevention measures that includes extensive testing and regulation of gatherings.

A letter from the health ministry had called for "greater foresight, data analysis, dynamic decision making, and strict and prompt containment action," as it directed the states/union territories to be "prompt and focused and take containment measures and restrictions even before these thresholds are reached."

Today, India's Coronavirus tally reached 3,47,58,481 after the country reported 6,317 new infections, a jump of 18 percent from yesterday's 5,326 cases. The active cases have declined to 78,190, the lowest in 575 days.

With 318 deaths over the past 24 hours, the total death count in the pandemic has climbed to 4.78 lakhs.

The WHO has said the Omicron variant is spreading faster than the Delta variant and is causing infections in people already vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid.

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